Doctoral Diversity in the Humanities Won't Be Achieved by Chance

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Jon Krause for The Chronicle

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Jon Krause for The Chronicle

Many ethnic-minority students major in my field, English. Not as many as we would like, of course—most English professors can point to great students we've taught who have decided to major in business or economics or political science as more "practical" choices. But the numbers aren't terrible, even if the English major is combined with a second major in some other field that students (or their parents) see as more marketable. National Science Foundation data show that 8,382 declared